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Roles of a regional gene bank

  • Provide cryopreservation facilities for countries lacking national gene banks;
  • Provide back-up storage for national gene banks (i.e. a second location for security purposes); and
  •  Store material from trans-boundary breeds.
  • Provide a uniform methodology for Characterisation, identification and evaluation of breeds to be preserved.
  • Collection, freezing, shipping and storage of germplasm;
  • Long term care, documentation and security of the samples.